In the middle of the picture is a oddly curvy wall -- such an odd shape.

a broken metate with manolarge metate, small manoThose vertical slabs of flagstone form bins that contained "metates," large carved stones that served as pestles to a "mano" -- a handheld grindstone -- used to grind corn and other grains (contributing in the process minerals and bits of rock that wrecked teeth). There were rooms found with an absurdly large number of "manos y metates," implying food preparation for many people, as would be expected in a ceremonial center.

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